The Gluten Candida Link: Is There A Link Between Candida and Gluten?


Greetings! New Zealand naturopath Eric Bakker. Author of Candida Crusher. Formulator of the Canxida range of supplements. Thanks for checking out my video. I really appreciate it. I’ve got so many questions here from viewers
from many different countries around the world. I’ve got a page of about 20 questions to go
through here, so I’ll just take them one at a time. I’ve got a question here: “Gluten Allergy
and Candida.” “Eric, is there a link between gluten and
Candida? What’s the link? How come when I eat gluten, I feel pretty
bad when I have Candida.” Some people feel bad, some people don’t feel
bad. Let’s talk a little bit about gluten and about
Candida Albicans in general. Many people I see who have a Candida issue
tend to automatically believe that they’ve got a gluten problem. Let’s have a careful look. Gluten is a protein, and there are many different
types of proteins found in wheat. Not just in wheat and grains, in general,
but many foods contain proteins, and these proteins can potentially stimulate antibody
production. It’s nearly always the protein foods that
are linked with food allergies of some sort, in my experience anyway. What happened back in 2003? A few researchers discovered something very
interesting. They discovered that Candida Albicans, the
most common form of Candida, has got many different types of proteins on its cell wall. As you know, Candida can be in a yeast form,
and Candida can be in a fungal form. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to trip that
invasive fungal form to help that conversion from yeast to fungal form. What really can stimulate that aggressive
growth of Candida into its virulent form is the use of antibiotics or antacids or a high
sugar diet or high stress. A person who’s got prolonged cortisol problems
or prolonged stress can often have noticed that their Candida can really take off. Candida can swing from this yeast form into
this bad fungal form. We call it hyphenated form with many different
types of filaments and threads that really help to encourage and spread the growth of
Candida. It’s this hyphal form-this fungal form in
particular that has this protein on its cell wall. HPW-1 is the name of this particular protein
that they found. This hyphal wall protein found on the surface
of Candida is very similar to gluten proteins. In fact, it fuels the immune system. When you get a lot of yeast in the gut, particular
in the small intestine, and its starts to adhere to the intestinal wall and the immune
system starts noting this, especially if you’ve got leaky gut, the immune system will start
to attack this protein, and build antibodies against this HPW-1. When it does that, unfortunately because the
gluten protein is so similar, it can also attack the gluten protein, and then create
an antibody response. This is why some people with bad Candida can
notice a hugely bad gluten problem. Or why I’ve had so many people who tell me
that they’ve had antibiotics, and since then they can’t tolerate wheat anymore or gluten
makes them feel sick. I can tell you now, once you get Candida under
control and you reduce the amount in the body, you clean it up, you’ll be able to tolerate
gluten again. Because you’ve got celiac, which is I believe
one to two percent of the population. Then you’ve got non-celiac people who react
to gluten. And I believe there’s a huge link between
not just Candida but also bad bacteria and parasites and gluten intolerance. It’s true that many foods today contain much
higher levels of gluten than they have in the past, but it’s also a fair assumption
to make that people today eat far too much sugar and have too many foods containing antibiotics
and crappy chemicals in them that damage our gut. Everybody takes pharmaceutical drugs. Everybody drinks fizzy drinks. So when we’re leading this kind of lifestyle
plus in the last decade, stress has gone through the roof. People’s cortisol levels are compromised. If you add that combination, that toxic combination
of increased pharmaceutical drugs, increased sugars, high fructose corn syrup, just white
sugar, in general, increased stress, it’s no wonder that people are reacting to gluten. And alcohol. Let’s throw alcohol in there, too. Because alcohol is one of the biggest contributors
to leaky gut. Is Candida responsible for gluten intolerance? No, it’s not, but it can exacerbate an underlying
problem. If you want to go back and enjoy gluten again,
which most of you can’t who are watching this video, you need to get the gut cleaned up. Try to clear out any Candida in the body,
any overgrowth of Candida. Try to get the beneficial bacteria back to
normal. Try to reduce your parasite load. Obviously try to get rid of the pharmaceuticals
and the lifestyle, the stress and the sugars that contribute to this high Candida load. I believe that most people can tolerate gluten. Naturally in reasonable amounts. Once the digestive system is repaired, you
will be able to go back to those kinds of foods again. Is there a link between gluten and Candida? There is certainly some kind of a relationship
there. It’s important to point out that I know that
some people are going to watch this video and say, “Well, Eric’s wrong. Gluten’s toxic.” I don’t believe it is. I think anything’s toxic in too much amount. If you’ve got a good healthy digestive system
like mine, you can tolerate gluten. Thanks for tuning in.

15 Replies to “The Gluten Candida Link: Is There A Link Between Candida and Gluten?”

  1. hello nice vids i always watch them and i have a small question is it normal that for example i had 1 chicken sandwich for lunch if after 6 hours i drink water i can still burp the sandwish (i mean i burp and the garlic chicken is still there and strong) is that normal or something is wrong with my digestion P.S i do suffer for years now from excess gas and constipation and bloating everyday with ibs

  2. Hi Dr. Bakker,
    In your years of experience have you come across many cases of Periorial Dermatitis? If so, would you say there is a link to Candida overgrowth or perhaps a gluten intolerance? I've followed an anti Candida diet for some time now, am regularly supplementing with caprylic acid, clove, garlic and pau d'arco and have made some significant lifestyle changes to lower stress levels. The dermatitis usually only lasts a month or so then goes away, and resurfaces once or twice more every year (past 10 yrs). Usually in the fall. This year it has been mild but a 6 week course of doxycycline set me back and the rash has persisted for 6 months… High quality probiotics have been introduced and I am looking to defeat the rash forever with your reccomendations. In the past, topical applications have been most effective but now I am trying to clean up from the inside. Any reccomendations would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your time

  3. Gas, constant gas what to do? I eat healthy but drink tea with stevia, take probiotics, my next trial is going to be with cinamon

  4. I believe that I have acid reflux and that maybe where the bad breath may be coming from. What are your thoughts on that

  5. Dr im not allowed to eat gluten but I am allowed to eat gluten free . O have many items gluten free that I purchased . When I developed candida I was afraid to eat my gluten free items because they say gluten free is not grain free and it still breaks down into sugar . So I've been afraid to eat it . May I eat it please . It hasn't bothered me in the small amounts I was consuming it . It's made with rice flour tho I see on the packaging

  6. Do you think it will be okay to eat gluten and oats when doing a parasite & Candida cleanse/diet? As long as I cut out the crap and do minimal sugar/fruit. I seem to have more frequent bow movements when I eat gluten and oats. Also, I don’t want to loose anymore weight. All these sites say it’s not okay but I seem to feel okay, I just don’t want to feed the parasites and Candida.

  7. i tried going gluten free for a few months as my doctor suggested, it didn't make the slightest bit of difference i was still sick.

  8. I want to tell you some thing I have bad candida and I can eat gluten without any problems
    But the point is that we as Muslims don't drink alcohol at all even I don't know how it smells like
    I am noticing that I have symptoms of candida in the joints but it makes no difference at all when I eat gluten I mean I don't feel better but at least I am not feeling worse
    The point is candida cause leaky gut but in my opinion alcohol is the main cause

  9. He's right. I've been able to return to gluten about once a week to enjoy a great slice of pizza without any problem whatsoever. I'd tried to do this many times, but wasn't until I eliminated all sugar for over a month as well as I especially heeded his great advice about eating a wider variety of vegetables. I chop up about 13 different veggies, both cooked and raw, for lunch and dinner everyday as a giant salad. Also consume double fermented kefir and sauerkraut. Giant overhaul but absolutely worth it. I'd never go back to my former ways.

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